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September 13, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) passes the football against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Carr Settling Down 

A lot of people are concerned about quarterback Derek Carr and I’m not talking about his hand. He’s back at practice full go and shouldn’t have any more problems there, but he didn’t look sharp Sunday. He’s an emotional guy that gets a little to amped up like his idol, Brett Favre did when he was young.

He has a big arm so the excitement causes him to throw that ball too hard and too high at the start of games. Then he would settle down and maybe take a hit or two and lock into what he’s doing. Carr actually admitted to that at the Raiders’ press conference after their Wednesday practice.

He said, “I felt that I got so excited for the first week that is was throwing fastballs. You, know, I was just out there trying to throw it through people. You know, that was just me being excited those first couple of series’ then I settle down and I felt fine. The series I got hurt I was like, ‘I’m feeling good, I’m seeing it fine, I feel good throwing it then bam!'”

I don’t believe you judge a quarterback’s day off of 12 attempts any more than you judge a running back’s day. So there’s nothing to worry about in that regard, he’ll be just fine out there in Week, 2. The Ravens don’t have anywhere near the secondary the Bengals have with Terrell Suggs out, their pass rush won’t be as good either. Carr will be motivated to silence the critics Week 2 and if he does get the start he should be better even with a bruised hand.

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